Simpson, Jeyaseelan added to Tennis Hall

DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:12 PM ET

The Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame is set to swell by two with the induction of Rene Simpson and Sonya Jeyaseelan in the fall.

The two will be inducted into the Hall Oct. 20 during a ceremony at the Granite Club in Toronto.

Simpson, from Sarnia, Ont., went 20-16 in Fed Cup play and captained the Canadian team from 2001-09. She had a career-best ranking of 70th in the world in 1989, the same year she reached the third round of the French Open.

"Tennis has been a huge part of my life and I am truly humbled to be recognized as one of Canada's best," Simpson said. "It is extra special for me to receive this award alongside Sonya as many of my most memorable moments came on the doubles court with her. I look forward to sharing this special evening with Sonya and my family."

Jeyaseelen, from Toronto, remains Canada's highest-ever ranked junior, reaching No. 2 in the ITF rankings, and peaked at 48th in the world in late 2000. She posted a straight-set win over then No. 6 Venus Williams in 1999.

"This is a huge honour to be able to be recognized for the achievements I made playing tennis for Canada," Jeyaseelan said. "To be a part of the Hall of Fame induction inspires me to want to give back more to the tennis community in Canada as well. I am very blessed and humbled to be a part of a great list of Canadian champions."

 


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